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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Jul 3, 2008 9:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A thought about Brent

I used to be a huge Mydland fan when I was first getting into the dead, now I find his songs boring and generally a vibe killer. I don't listen to much from the late 80's when his playing was at it's best and his choice of sound was much improved.

I've read people state that they think he was better than Godchaux(Who has slowly became my player of choice), which might be the case technically, I don't know.

My question is can anyone honestly say they prefer the cheesy 80's keyboard sounds that he used practically half the time from 79-87/88ish to Keith's acoustic piano or his Rhodes?

I mean come on, It wasn't that bad in 82 when he was playing the toy piano sound and in 79 he did a lot of cool funky stuff, but I listen to a decent amount of 83-85 and it laughable to downright distracting. Anyone feel the same way? Is the answer simply I should stop listening to 83-85....

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Poster: jef926 Date: Jul 6, 2008 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A thought about Brent

Maybe it's because my era of Dead shows started in '85, but Brent was always one of my favorites. His death hit me nearly as hard as the fat man's. He brought so much soul to the band. I loved his scratchy voice and the man could flat out wail on the B3 (the best sounding instrument in rock and roll). He wore his heart on his sleeve and it was clear through his lyrics and occasional on stage train wrecks (see 4/21/86) that he had a tendency to internalize the world's problems and to externalize his personal struggles. I loved his big heart and when he flashed a smile I couldn't help but do the same. Maybe I'm in the minority but I like the "tinkly" sounds he was using in 83-85. I think it's normal to compare him to others that held down the bench but it's important to note that the different players represented different eras. I love Keith and Pig as well, but it's apples and oranges. Not better or worse, just different. That being said, I never took a shine to Vince, maybe because I was such a Brent fan. Songs like Minglewood were never the same without that B3 driving underneath it all. A synth organ sound just doesn't cut it. I'm still not convinced that Vince was the right fit. He was a fine player and a really nice guy when I met him, I just don't know that his style meshed that well with the rest of the band.

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Poster: yesss! Date: Jul 4, 2008 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A thought about Brent

yeah, brent should have had a real piano, real rhodes, real clav, analog synth, and the hammond, but it was, like, totally the 80's for sure. keith certainly had a more organic sound palette- and i really really love those tones (especially the piano-with-a-wah from 72)- but sometimes it just added more dull midrange sound that blended with weir's guitar to create a kind of vague grey wash. plus he was so sleepy half the time. so it's a trade off - brent added a lot of color and brought a lot of energy to the situation but you have to sit through the occasional cheesy tone and "micheal mcdonald moment". if you can avoid or ignore the plinky chorused fake rhodes and icy icy synths you still get to enjoy the big juicy electric blasts from the b-3 which, imho, is one of the best things about 80' dead. but i hear you about generally preferring keith's sound as i probably listen to ten times as much 70's dead as i do 80's- and that is largely due to the sound of the band. too bad brent didn't just stick to the classics because he sure sounds good playing piano on the acoustic sets from 80.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Jul 4, 2008 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A thought about Brent

Well said yesss, and I couldn't agree more about the acoustic sets from 80.

This post was modified by L.A. Women on 2008-07-04 19:21:53

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Poster: pequastogy Date: Jul 4, 2008 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A thought about Brent

Brent had more soul than Keith and provided a more perfect harmony with Bobby and Jerry.

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